Vintage & Antique Watch Valuations and Sales

Wrist watches and pocket watches are items that Veron values on a regular basis. 

Each watch has a unique history and are often passed down through the generations as a family heirloom carrying with them much sentimental importance. It is important to get watches examined and valued accurately - and paperwork is highly important should you have any. 

Free Watch Appraisals

Please Telephone for wrist watch or pocket watch valuations/sales 

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Find out what your Watch is Worth

When valuing watches there are several points to consider that can effect its value. For example the brand, it's age, what the watch is made from e.g. gold, platinum, if it contains diamonds etc.

Watch Makers

There are several very well established brands that many people will be familiar with for example: Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin & Omega. From time to time people are concerned if the watch in their possession is genuine - if a watch carries with it good provience (i.e the paperwork) it is easier to prove that it's authentic. Vernon will happily examine your watch and provide a free valuation for either a present sale or current market value. In some circumstances the value of watches can be reduced if they are badly damaged or are in poor condition.

Age of Watch

The year that a watch was produced affects it value, especially when considered in conjunction with the brand for example an early Patek Philippe watch can command exceptional value. Establishing the age of a watch can be relatively simple as there have been many watch makers which have come and gone over the years which were operational for only a short period, or particular styles were only produced briefly. Sometimes it is difficult to establish the age of a watch as certain styles have been reproduced over the years and there are many fakes on the market. Many important watches carry serial numbers which can be used to trace the year the watch was manufactured. Also by opening up the watch and studying the movement a lot can be discovered about the age of the watch based on the techinical developments and advancements over time.

Watch Construction & condition

What a watch is made of is, of course, a key element to the intrinsic value of the item. A 22 carat gold or platinum watch with good quality diamonds will naturally carry more value than an item made of a lesser metal.

The dirty dozen

Many watches were made for general service by twelve different makers for the MOD. Thousands were issued with the makers names being Jaeger-le-Coultre, Longines, Veretx, Omega, Record, Buern, Eterna, Timor, Cyma, Grana, Lemania & International Watch Co. These watch makers were affectionly known as the 'dirty dozen'. The Grana, manufactured by Kurth Frers, was made specifically to MOD specifications and is reported to be the rarest of the dozen.

A few examples of valuable watches

Omega Seamasters of militry issue are important as are Rolex Daytona, also Rolex militry issue Submarina and 1960's watches such as the Heuer Autavia (which was issued in 1962).

Free Watch Appraisals

Please Telephone for wrist watch or pocket watch valuations/sales 

Book a Watch Valuation 

Antique Commission Extremely Reasonable

"Incredible service from Vernon Ward. Several months ago I contacted Vernon to value a plethora of fine, varied antiques – gold watches, elaborate clocks, oil paintings, and period furniture – and to advise on their saleability. Living in a distant Scottish island proved no problem for Vernon, whose guidance and patience in assisting me resulted in an excellent outcome, potentially saving thousands of pounds of charges I would have incurred had I used the likes of established outlets such as Sotheby’s or Christie’s. I know this to be the case having checked the charges they would have placed on assessing my antiques.Vernon’s service was exemplary and his commission extremely reasonable. He gave freely of his time over a long period, and his knowledge was faultless. Anyone with interesting antiques would do well contacting Vernon Ward Antique Valuers first and foremost."

Mr Bradley - Scotland. August 2018

Vernon is a credit to his profession

"After contacting various experts for diamond jewellery, gold watches and pocket watches that I had inherited, I chose Vernon and he achieved excellent prices on all - far higher than other quotes. He was always punctual for the meetings held at the Bank, where the items were deposited. Vernon is a credit to his profession. Exceptional service."

Jennifer W - London

The valuations and prices we received were above other jewellers’ offers, the execution of the sale was faultless

I have to say that we are delighted with the service we have received from Vernon Ward, we found him on Google and were impressed by the reviews. But reviews alone don’t tell the whole story. We were looking to have “valued for sale” our collection of gold and diamond bracelets, gold pocket and wrist watches and other items of gold jewellery. Meeting Vernon Ward was an absolute delight. He is personable, professional and very enthusiastic about his vocation of selling jewellery for private individuals. The valuations and prices we received were above other jewellers’ offers, the execution of the sale was faultless and well within the ten days quoted. His commission rate is very reasonable and exactly as quoted. I have already recommended Vernon to friends and will continue to do so. It is rare to find someone who you can empathise with so quickly and frankly, trust implicitly. Highly recommended.

Adrian Wimbush - January 2020

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Pocket Watch Valuations

A version of the pocket watch was first developed during the 16th century and this continued to evolve as the mechanisms were refined and the size reduced, during the 19 cetury pocket watches started to gain popularity and there are many examples of gold pocket watches encrusted with diamonds and other jewels.

Some of the coveted pocket watch makers that are worth mentioning are Heuer, Minerva, LeCoultre & Cie & Ulysse Nardin.

Contact Vernon to have your pocket watches valued


Items sold range from as low as £50 to the highest being in excess of £300,000 in 2018 to a private collector

Examples of watches that are requested by private collectors/buyers

  • Gold Pocket watches
  • Ladies Cartier Watches
  • Diamond encrusted watches
  • Rolex Watches
  • Vintage Watches
  • Omega Sedna
  • Rolex GMT-Master
  • Tudor oysterdate
  • Antique Gold Watches
  • Dress watches
  • Antique Pilot Watches
  • Antique Swiss Watches
  • Oyster Watches
  • Omega speedmaster
  • Omega Constantine
  • Patek Philippe
  • Open-face watches
  • Hunter-case watches
  • Omega Deville Tourbillon
  • Rolex Gold Datejust
  • Rolex Day Date
  • Louis Moinet
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Vintage Longines